Ranking the 5 most important games of the Steelers 2023 schedule

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1. Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals, Week 16

The number one spot on this list is a home tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals. It pains me to say it, but the Bengals have established themselves as the class of the AFC North over the last two years, winning 22 regular season games, taking the AFC North both years, and appearing in a Super Bowl.

Led by star quarterback Joe Burrow, the Bengals have a ton of talent on offense including the dynamic JaMarr Chase. The Bengals currently have the eighth-best odds to win the Super Bowl, according to PointsBet.


These teams split the two games last season, with the Steelers winning a wild game in overtime 23-20 in Week 1 and the Bengals returning the favor with a 37-30 win in Week 11. The Steelers defense struggled to handle the star receivers of the Bengals in both games, with Chase and Tee Higgins each having over 100 yards in Weeks 1 and 11 respectively.

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Until proven otherwise, the Bengals are the favorites in the AFC North. This home game in Week Sixteen will provide the Steelers an opportunity for a huge division win and to show their AFC North rival that the tides are turning in the division.